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    THE ADOPTION AUTHORITY OF IRELAND

    Welcome to the Website of the Adoption Authority of Ireland. The Adoption Authority of Ireland is an independent body established on 1 November 2010 under the Adoption Act 2010. The purpose of the Adoption Act 2010 is to improve standards in both domestic and intercountry adoption. Legal adoption was first introduced in Ireland under the 1952 Adoption Act.

     

    The 1952 Act was enacted on 1 January 1953 and the Adoption Board was established under this Act.

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    Latest News

    • Annual Report 2018
      18 Jul 2019
      Annual Report 2018
      Click here to view infographic of our annual report 2018.
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    • Assistant Principal Officer Competition
      27 Jun 2019
      Assistant Principal Officer Competition

      The Adoption Authority of Ireland is recruiting an Assistant Principal Officer.  Click here for more information.

       

      The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 31st July 2019. Please see the attached documents for further details. 

      Candidate Information Booklet

      Application Form

       

      If you would like a Word version of the Application Form please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 5pm on Friday 26th July.  Include AP Competition in the subject line.

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    • Barnardos Post Adoption Service Has Expanded
      24 Jun 2019
      Barnardos Post Adoption Service Has Expanded

      Barnardos Post Adoption Service has now expanded to offer its services nationally to children and teenagers adopted both internationally and domestically and to their parents.

       

      There are now three Barnardos Post Adoption Centers based in Dublin, Cork and Galway.

       

      In addition an adult therapeutic support service is available from Barnardos nationally to people who were incorrectly registered as if born to their adoptive parents . This service is also available to adopted adults and birth family members with counselling needs on referral from TUSLA.

       

      Enquiries about the service can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

       

      For information on Barnardos Post Adoption Service click here

       

      For information on Barnardos Post Adoption Adult Service click here

       

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    Mission Statement

    " To ensure the provision of the highest possible standards of adoption related services, throughout the lifelong adoption process, with the best interests of children as the first and paramount objective."